Cavaliers Set To Host ITA Kickoff Weekend
Jan. 21, 2016
|ITA Kickoff Weekend|
|Date & Time||Jan. 22 vs. BYU | 1:30 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Boyd Tinsley Courts|
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 8 Virginia women’s tennis team is set to host the ITA Kickoff Weekend at the Boar’s Head Sports Club beginning with competition on Friday (Jan. 22).
The Cavaliers will face BYU at 1:30 p.m. with the winner scheduled to face the winner of Friday’s morning contest between No. 56 Columbia and No. 66 Maryland on Saturday.
Columbia and Maryland face each other at 10 a.m. on Friday. The team that makes it out of the weekend with two wins will be one of 15 schools that advance to the 2016 ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship, hosted by Wisconsin from Feb. 5-8.
Due to expected inclement weather in the area, the schedule for Saturday’s competition could change.
Virginia enters the weekend after picking up a 4-3 win on the road last weekend to open both the spring season and Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Cavaliers defeated No. 49 Boston College with a rally in singles play to improve to 19-0 all-time against the Eagles.
The Cavaliers have four players ranked in the top 32 nationally, including a pair of players ranked in the top 10. Senior Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) is ranked No. 4 in the ITA rankings, while senior Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) is ranked No 8 in singles. Seniors Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) and Skylar Morton (Bethesda, Md.) are ranked No. 30 and No. 32, respectively.
The doubles pairing of Collins and freshman Meghan Kelley is ranked No. 19 in the ITA rankings.
BYU enters the spring season after finishing fifth in the West Coast Conference a year ago. The Cougars return several players who earned All-WCC recognition last season in senior Nicolette Poulson, and juniors Toby Miclat and Savannah Ware. Two newcomers expected to play a big role for BYU this season are junior college transfer Natella Nabieva and freshman Taylah Beckman.